Let Me Start: The Benghazi blame game

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By Hardball staff
Gregory Hicks (C), Foreign Service Officer and former Deputy Chief of Mission/Charge Affairs in Libya, speaks while Mark Thompson (L), acting Deputy...
Gregory Hicks (C), Foreign Service Officer and former Deputy Chief of Mission/Charge Affairs in Libya, speaks while Mark Thompson (L), acting Deputy...
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Gregory Hicks, a veteran diplomat who was the highest-ranking American in Libya after the attacks in Benghazi, testified before a Congressional panel yesterday that questions he raised about the attacks led to his demotion, which the State Department denies. House Republicans focused on yesterday’s hearing to the exclusion of nearly everything else, seeking a way to tarnish President Obama’s record and neutralize the threat of a 2016 campaign by Hillary Clinton. And today, Marco Rubio pointed his finger at Clinton, his potential 2016 rival.

Joe Conason writes that Republicans–and not just the ones on the fringe right–are yearning to impeach President Obama, what he calls the “only imaginable conclusion to a Democratic administration that dares to achieve a second term.”

A new Suffolk poll shows Rep. Ed Markey with a strong lead now over Republican Gabriel Gomez in the special election for Senate.

In Virginia, our NBC News/Marist poll finds the governor’s race is a dead heat.

For the first time on record, African-American voting outpaced white voting in the 2012 election.

Does Mark Sanford’s victory Tuesday in South Carolina pave the way for a comeback by Anthony Weiner?

Let Me Start: The Benghazi blame game

Updated